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Why Discovery?

  • Hundreds of Gordon students have grown through this impactful experience since its inception in 1986.
  • Research shows that challenge course experiences such as Discovery help students gain confidence in their ability to overcome life’s challenges, interpersonal skills needed to work with others and a greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Discovery provides opportunity to develop a close community over the course of seven weeks. This community can be a key support in the transition into your first year at Gordon.



It was a good way to come into freshman year and get to know more people, and to learn how to go beyond comfort zones . . . I am capable of more than I thought I was.
—Caitie Crosby

I enjoyed the high ropes course and the daily devotions because the devotion set our sights on God and the high ropes course kept me determined to achieve.
—Meaghan Ukers

It challenges you to look at the other people and yourself in a new way, and provides opportunities for growth that would not happen in the classroom setting.
—Amelia Haas

Discovery helped me to realize that if you want something that you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Also, I learned a lot about faith and trust amongst fellow brethren. I would recommend this class to anyone that is a transfer or incoming student. It will help you make friends fast . . . and will help you grow spiritually. I believe I can take some of the principles I learned in this class and apply [them] to my everyday life outside of Gordon College.
—Sig Morriar

One thing I learned from this class is that nature is awesome, and I should really spend more time enjoying it. I found out quickly that I enjoy being outside in the woods a lot, and just enjoying God’s beauty. All in all this class was a phenomenal experience for me. It is something that I will never forget, because of the things I learned and from all the great people I met. It has taught me a lot of life lessons, and it has taught me how to better appreciate God and his beauty.
—Taylor Bajema